By onefishtwofishes - United States - Washington
Today, the communications expert I'm forced to work with added the line "as they can catch bigger fishes" to a film script. She does not believe me when I tell her that the plural of fish is "fish." This idiot not only has the final word, she makes twice what I do. FML
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  tomatosz  |  23

It's partly a regional thing , but there are some "rules" behind it: when they're talking about a multitude of any fish, fish would be the plural. When they're talking about multiple species, "fishes" should be used.
(I caught a lot of fish today.) (This aquarium contains many fishes (so many species).)

  chosha_fml  |  25

Nope, fishes is one form of the plural for fish, simple as that. The correct way to say your second example would be 'many species of fish' because 'many fishes' would just mean many fish.

  RedPillSucks  |  31

So analogously,
sheep - many sheep of the same species
sheepes - many sheep of different species.

Does this work with moose too?
I'm here all day folks. Don't forget to tip your waitress.

  Bibliovore  |  26

#50, "plural" means more than one; "pleural" means pertaining to the pleura, which is a membrane that lines the thorax and surrounds the lungs.

  flockz  |  19

in this instance yes.

"fishes" is only used when you're referring to multiple species of fish.

for example, if you said you saw four fish while scuba diving, this means you saw four individual fish. however if you said you saw four fishes, then you saw four individual species of fish.

so in this instance the OP was correct, because the script wasn't talking about different species, but rather "bigger fishes". but yes fishes is also a possible plural form of fish.

  djxerxes9000  |  18

#47 I know thats why I said it, sometimes sarcasm doesn't translate into text, so no need to punch me in the throat (or fingers in this case) I work in a scrapyard and a lady in the office greets everyone in the morning with "Hello kiddies" fuck its annoying.

By  LexSwift  |  17

After getting bitched at in 2nd grade everytime I wrote "fishes", I've grown up and realized that because so many idiots never got it down, it's now acceptable to say "fishes". Little Me got bitched out for no reason. Wonderful!